Tensile and Flexural Properties of Thermoplastic Filled Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites

Ummu Raihanah Hashim, Aidah Jumahat, Raja Mazuir Raja Ahsan Shah, Luqman Hakim Abu Hassan

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    This paper presents the mechanical properties of polyether-sulfone
    (PES) filled basalt and glass fibre reinforced polymer composites.
    Three different weights of PES powder with 1, 3, and 5 wt.% were dispersed
    into resin using a mechanical stirrer before being impregnated into woven
    basalt and glass fibre composite laminates. Eight different composite
    systems were fabricated and tested under tensile and flexural loading
    according to ASTM D3039 and D790. The result deduced that the inclusion of
    PES enhanced the mechanical properties for both Basalt Fiber-Reinforced
    Polymer (BFRP) and Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) composites. In
    BFRP composite systems, adding 5wt.% of PES (5BF/PES) showed the highest
    tensile strength and modulus with 47% and 51% increment compared to neat
    BFRP. In GFRP composite systems, the inclusion of 3 wt.% PES (3GF/PES)
    showed an improvement of 34% for tensile strength and 5wt.% PES inclusion
    (5GF/PES) indicated the highest improvement of tensile modulus 106% as
    compared to neat GFRP. For flexural strength, a similar trend of
    improvement was found in BFRP and GFRP composite systems. The 5BF/PES
    showed improvement of 148% and 121% for flexural strength and flexural
    modulus, compared to neat BFRP. For GFRP composite systems, the 3GF/PES
    showed the highest flexural strength while 5GF/PES showed the highest
    flexural modulus of 39% and 71% improvement, compared to neat GFRP.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number12A9O
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Transaction Journal of Engineering, Management, & Applied Sciences & Technologies
    Issue number9
    Early online date9 Jul 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Engineering mechanics
    • Engineering Materials
    • Advanced Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering


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